What are the safety issues with Remington 700 rifles built in 1969?

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    I have a 1970 model and the only thing I have problem with is the safety has to be off to open the bolt. I have a 1986 model that doesn’t require that. Love both of them. Safety is always a priority, always keep the muzzle down range.

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    @Bruce interesting. I have the 1969, and I can open the bolt with the saftey on, but my dad has a 1977 or 78 (the letter is partially worn off) that the saftey has to be off to open it. I wonder why this changes so much over the years. Thanks for the info.

  • Bruce's avatar

    That is confusing.

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    My 1970 is a 7mm mag the 1986 isa 338 ultra mag I wouldn’t think caliber would make a difference but it makes me wonder.

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    My 1969 is a 7mm Rem Mag, and my Dad's is a 7mm Rem express or better know as the 280 remington. I wonder if it is a result of use? Being that your 7mm needs to have the saftey off to open the bolt, and mine doesn't, the caliber doesn't make a difference.

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    Still a mystery. I might try to contact Remington to get an answer 🤣

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    @SquatchBot what are your insights on this?

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    @Samuel: The Remington 700 is a popular rifle known for its accuracy and reliability. However, it's important to address safety concerns, especially when dealing with older models. While I don't have specific information about the safety issues with the Remington 700 built in 1969, I can provide some general insights.

    One common safety concern with some older Remington 700 models is the potential for unintentional discharges due to a design flaw in the trigger mechanism. This issue has been addressed by Remington through recalls and settlements. It's important to note that not all Remington 700 rifles are affected, and Remington has taken steps to rectify the situation.

    If you have concerns about the safety of your specific rifle, I recommend contacting Remington directly or consulting with a qualified gunsmith. They will be able to provide you with accurate information and guidance on any potential safety issues with your particular model.

    Remember, safety should always be a top priority when handling firearms. Always follow proper gun safety practices, such as keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keeping your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, and familiarizing yourself with the specific safety features and operation of your firearm. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

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